Support peace in South Sudan by ending resource embezzlement and corruption
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Ask the governments of the undersigned countries to stop resource embezzlement in South Sudan by following Australia's lead in tracking and investigating proceeds of crime as recommended by the Sentry's George Clooney and John Prendergast in their report: “War crimes shouldn't pay in South Sudan.” Names of countries: United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Sudan, Egypt, India, China and Russia.
Resource embezzlement and corruption not only cripple the economies in developing countries, but also drive most conflicts. To support durable peace in South Sudan, we join the Sentry project in imploring governments and international financial institutions to follow Australia's bold lead in tracking and investigating financial assets that might have been taken illegitimately from South Sudan. Failure to act now would support the continuation of war and famine, and deprive another generation of an environment conducive for education and development. In 2017 the United Nations reported South Sudan as one of the countries worst-hit by humanitarian crisis. Although most media coverage cite politics and ethnicity as main reasons behind the conflicts, we believe that unfettered resource embezzlement and corruption are key driving factors, just as the Sentry team does. Even if the ongoing efforts to revitalize the peace agreement succeeds, there is a high risk of a return to conflict if South Sudanese political and military elites and their associates from both sides of the conflict continue to enjoy the use of international financial systems to stash away their loots at the expense of starving masses at home.
We ask you to join us in supporting the Sentry project and the Australian government in their efforts to reinforce accountability and support peace in South Sudan.
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